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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this 2-hour walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through the famous neighborhood while learning about the local landmarks and historical sites. Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of this iconic district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBT activism and events. 


  • Guided walking tour through the Castro neighborhood
  • Learn about the history and culture of San Francisco
  • Twin Peaks Tavern, Castro Theatre and the colorful murals of the Castro
  • Walk by Harvey Milk's former residence and camera shop, the Harvey Milk Plaza and the Civil Rights Academy
  • See the Rainbow Honor Walk Project, the Pink Triangle Memorial Park, and The Leonard Matlovich Vietnam Vet Plaque
  • Visit the Hope for World Cure Mural and the AIDS Quilt Names Projects original site
  • Informative narrative from your local guide

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What You Can Expect

The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Meet your local guide at Harvey Milk Plaza for the 2-hour walking tour of the iconic Castro neighborhood. Visit the historic Castro Theatre, with its Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture, and learn about how the district got its name. 

Walk on to visit several historical sites related to Harvey Milk, the gay rights activist and famous San Francisco resident. See his home, his photo shop and the campaign headquarters for his political activities.

See the Pink Triangle Memorial Park, the Rainbow Honor Walk Project and the Leonard Matlovich Vietnam Vet Plaque. Visit the legendary Twin Peaks Tavern, the first gay bar in the United States with windows. 

This moving, empowering and informative tour will give you authentic insight into San Francisco's history as center for LGBT rights and activism. Public walkways are all wheelchair accessible. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

One of the highlights of our San Francisco trip, we learnt so much and were so moved by this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide was Kathy Amendola, and she was absolutely fantastic. She was knowledgable, warm, patient, and had a cute sense of humour. She is extremely familiar with the area in its' entirety, and was great at taking questions on the fly. This was not my first trip to San Francisco or the Castro area, but it was my first time taking a tour of this type and I would highly recommend it to others who are interested in learning more about the history behind this well-known gay and lesbian district :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very informative.
Kathy was great and very willing to answer questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was so interesting to see how this community has evolved. I really liked that it was a walking tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgable about the gay and lesbian community. I would reccomend this tour to anyone. I also would like to not none of us that took the tour are gay or lesiban just wanted to know everything about the city. We thought this was a great way to understand San Francisco and we were not disappointed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

our lead was knowledgeable and entertaining. well worth the money and time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Awesome. A real amazing tour of history and information. Kathy has a wealth of knowledge and a lovely personality. We could have listened to her all day long. The tour really gave an insight into the Harvey Milk story and the history of the Castro. Prob the best your we experienced on our trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Much more emotional than expected our guide, Kathy Amendelo was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

very interesting and moving tour! I would highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Kathy did an amazing job with our tour in April. I enjoyed the detailed history she provided about San Francisco's LGBT community. It was truly enjoyable!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Fascinating tour of one of America's most interesting neighborhoods by a charming local

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